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Deadly Blair County Fire

911 officials in Blair County say the coroner was called to the scene of an early morning house in Altoona.

Authorities say Altoona firefighters were dispatched to the blaze, at a residence along 8th Avenue, just before 1 a.m.

Officials say crews cleared the scene at approximately 5:30 a.m.

Blair County coroner Ray Benton has identified the victim of Thursday morning’s deadly house fire in Altoona.

Officials say the coroner’s office was dispatched to UPMC Altoona, around 2 a.m., for a death investigation.

Authorities say the victim, identified as 45-year-old Marcy Laird, was pronounced dead in the emergency room after being transported from the fire at a residence along the 1900 block of 8th Ave.

Officials say Laird’s death is under investigation and an autopsy is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

Smithmyer says a cause to the fire is not yet determined. He says an investigation into the incident could potentially take weeks.

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